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# From the perspective of long-term survival, it was best for

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10 Sep 2014, 06:48
Archit143 wrote:
jsahni123 wrote:
Archit143 wrote:
A It assumes, without justification, that the only factor helping weak peasants survive longer was the fact that they were not enlisted into the army.

Considering Necessary and Sufficient reasoning for the argument , we get the following result
Necessary (Strong Peasent Or Enlisted in the army)------------------->Sufficient (short Life span)

As per A: Factor helping weak peasents to live longer is not enlisted in the army i.e. Since weak peasents are not strong they are not enlisted in the army, hence they can live longer...
It maintains the necessary and sufficient condition mentioned in the argument....So we cannot eliminate the option choice basis on the above reasoning.

i think its an assumption for sure made in the argument that If weak peasants donot join army they will live longe because if we negate it, the conclusion cannot stand on stand. Hence I still think A is a strong contender.

Hi Archit

When i read the question and the answer choices i felt the three contenders could be A,B & E here but i eliminated B & E on the basis that nothing regarding the intermediate peasent and smart peasant is made in the argument and would be more of a bringing outside knowledge to the scope of the answers.

Hence i feel strongly about A with the reasons mentioned by you.

Thanks
Jatin

I second your thought and that is what i am contending.....

Frankly speaking, none of the options make sense and i feel it's not even a valid GMAT question;
As for options A and E, neither does the argument take anything "for granted", nor does it assume like not getting enlisted in the army is the only chances of survival.
Remaining B, C, and D; B introduces an additional element about peasants with intermediate strength and their comparison with strong and weak peasants that in no ways can be a correct answer.
C is a weakener, had C been true peasants of all stature would have been sent to the army
D too is irrelevant .

Carcass, your thoughts on this would be awesome.
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05 Feb 2017, 13:12
If these choices were pets to chose from, B would be the Labrador Retriever. Just the most reliable pet out of the three.
B) It overlooks the possibility that there were peasants of intermediate strength who enjoyed survival benefits greater than those of either the strong or the weak.

You can be weak, enjoy the benefit of not enlisting in the army but with the cost of falling sick more often.
You can be strong, enjoy the benefit of not falling sick but with the cost of having to enlist in the army and in turn live a short life.
But what if you could just about be lean - not weak and not too strong - enjoy the benefits of both without any of their drawbacks.
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09 Jul 2017, 00:51
Merged topics. Please, search before posting questions!
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